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Little_buddy
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Does anyone remember the Head shops in the Det. area? You could buy black light posters, insense(sp), and other things.
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They still exist.
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There was the Monkey Boutique years ago on Woodward, and Tobacco Road, I believe was on Gratiot.
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Don't forget the Flying Dutchman on Second Ave. next to the Bronx...
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Purple Haze in Birmingham
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BDT? in Hazel park
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And whatsitcalled over on John R in Hazel Park.

Also, there's a new InFlight that opened on 9 Mile in Oak Park near the Ferndale border. They might qualify as a head shop, considering the disc golf (stoner sport) clientele.
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BDT is great they have quality stuff. We need one in the WSU area,
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Wasn't it Plum Street back in the late 60's?
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Plum St. is still around or it was a year or so ago. It's at Gratiot at 10 Mile. While you're on Gratiot, hit up the Road Show between 11 and 12 Mile on the east side of Gratiot (northbound). They have everything.

If on the west side, try The Station. Rock of Ages in Garden City also has smoking accessories and blacklight stuff.
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Oops, I just realized you were just "remembering," not actually looking :-)
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THE STATION on Michigan avenue in Inkster
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Don't forget the Plum Pit on Gratiot it's still there.
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I think Purple Haze in Bham is closed now. They we're run out of town by their neighbor, the Jungle Room, which is three room-fulls of pretty glass.

Don't forget the Road Show in Roseville, Three Doors Down in Pontiac.

Who remembers Changes in Birmingham? That place was funny. Not exactly a head shop, but often smelled like grass. I bought a Black Flag tshirt there back in the day. 20 bucks for a t-shirt... now that's punk rock!
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I remember "Uncle Bob's Head Shop" in Utica in the '70's. It was a converted house on the east side of VanDyke around 22 Mile Road. I also remember one on Gratiot near 10 Mile (I think). It was in the front part of a roller rink. I went there once (roller rink) to see "The Ghoul". lol! Those were the days!
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The Groove Shop still exists on Mack in Detroit, just east of Cadieux. It opened in the '60s, several blocks further east. The current store retains a small bit of the "head shop" ambience, but also sells watches and clocks, if I remember correctly from a visit about a year ago.
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The Mouse House was on Grand River, I think in the Great Lakes Theater building. They moved to Livonia and were there through the early 80s. Ahhh, the "say yes to drugs" 60s-early 80s>
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The Ozone Shoppe on Middlebelt north of Joy in Livonia - now a heating and cooling company.
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The Mouse House moved to Seven Mile if my memory serves me correctly. I think they were just off of Inkster.

I remember going there to go check out some cool blacklight posters back when I was a wee little kid only to discover all sorts of bongs, smoking apparatus, weird incense, smoking papers, and things my nubile mind had never seen before.

Such an education it was.
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Question.....
....what was the name of the head shop/record store on Cass where Creem magazine started?

And why does the name The Gob Shop ring a bell....

(Message edited by douglasm on January 02, 2008)
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Head East in downtown Rochester back in 70-71.
The manager and I tested every new product in the basement first.



Now probably some artsy boutique.
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The Stone Shop on McDougall & Kirby had everything you needed or could ask for including soft serve ice cream and air hockey.
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quote:

Does anyone remember the Head shops in the Det. area?



Sort-a
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Does anyone remember The Bottomless Pit in the old 7-Mack strip mall?
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Changes in B'ham was owned by a stoner, which is why it smelled like pot. Funny thing about BOB was his wife would not allow him to sell even lighters in his store in Ann Arbor called STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, just t-shirts and posters. I started working there and unbeknownst to them I started selling papers and pipes and bongs and turned it into an award winning head shop. Then one day I get a call from Bob asking me how long we/he, the store had been selling pipes and papers and I told him over two years at that point. Of course I took his daily sales from $100 to $1000 in about two weeks, so he was happy, but it took a while to calm his wife down about the fact that she was the owner of one of the best and biggest head shop in Ann Arbor.
While working at STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN I got involved in The Ann Arbor HASH BASH, which I have been the MC of for the last 18 years, so I know many of the head shops that have come and gone over the last 20 years. I also for a period of 5 years had my own traveling head shop where we would travel to pot rallies and pot festivals all over the mid-west and east coast and set up the traveling head shop, we did this from about "92-'97 when the feds started to get involved in those events, I SPLIT and got out before it was too late.......

I know the owners of The Jungle Room & BDT and would recommend you shop there and tell'em Adam from the HASH BASH sent you as they are both big supporters of our event.

You should know that just last year the feds sent out a crew to harass head shops all over Michigan. A bunch of places up north cleared their shelves of all glass and bongs. Others in this area wern't spooked so easily. Funny thing is they are illegal in NYC also but you will find bodegas all over the village that sell smoking supplies, and the mark up is so good (5-10 times) that after having a few thousand confiscated out of the store one day they bring more from home and the very next day it's back on the shelf. I know a guy who has been busted 1-3 times a year for the last 4 years and won't stop.......


And then there is the whole TOMMY CHONG shakedown and how my friend Tommy when to prison to save his son from being prosecuted. The company had Tommy's name on it, but it was run out of his son's home and his son made all the money so if you ask me TOMMY pulled a quick one on the feds when they busted CHONG GLASS as Tommy while not happy about it was willing to do the time and take the rap to save his son, and that will make him a HERO in my book.....

As a matter of fact the place that was on 2nd Ave in Midtown was illegal as hell, not only on a federal level but the city of Detroit has a paraphernalia ordnance that makes head shops illegal (which is why you don't see ANY in the city proper) and rumor had it that a Wayne State cop also lived in the same building and some pressure was brought down on the place and they closed.

Not sure what the feds have planned but me and my friends have collected enough signatures to have a medicinal marijuana question on the next statewide ballot in Nov 2008. So I am looking forward to opening a dispensary here in Midtown, and yes we will sell smoking accessories.
So I ask all of you reading this to contact MI-NORML at www.minorml.org and get ready to help us GET OUT THE VOTE in Nov. 2008.
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Bagman: When was Stairway to Heaven in Ann Arbor? I was there at UM in the early 70's and it sounds familiar....Of course, maybe I'm just confusing it with something else? Was there a place called Middle Earth in Ann Arbor?
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Mack and Cadieux area....... THE GROOVE SHOP. Still in Detroit.

Still there, still kicking out the freshest black light posters, whippets, coke spoons, sweet t-shirts, hacky sacks, hookahs and today's latest ground-breaking technology in Bongs and fatty glass pipes...... broheem....

not that I've ever been there..... um...
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Plum Street and Plum Pit are 2 different entities...

Plum Street is located where the MGM permanent casino parking structure is today. It was a hippie hangout in the 60's.

Plum Pit is the name of the head shop on Gratiot, the 1st block south of 10 Mile Rd. in Eastpointe. It sold black lights, posters, incense and drug items (pipes, papers, bongs, etc.). The drug items are now gone (due to tough Eastpointe city regulations), but the rest of the items are still sold there.

I remember a store in the 12 Mile & Gratiot Marshall's mall in Roseville that used to be a head shop called Tobacco Road.
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70s there was one near Redford High School and another on Lahser near Grand River maybe. Brightmoor had at least one also.
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"The Other Place" was by Redford Theater (beats me where their other location was) I remember a shop on McNichols right by Redford HS, but not the name.
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Ahh... this whole thread reeks of incense.

I believe the original Monkey boutique was on the south W. Warren just off Woodward in the late sixties, next to Johnny's Greek Restaurant which was roughly where the Subway is today. [Johnny's later moved further west down the block and closed/sold out after several decades - forget the name of the place that is there now.]

BTW, Johnny's was a fun place in those days keeping its doors open until 4 AM catching the after bar crowd. Hippies, artists, students, chess players, psuedo-intellectuals were all there. Some times, when it got slow at night, the staff would put on some Greek music, grab the white kerchief and everybody would join the Greek conga line dance.
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In the mid to late 60s there was a Plum Street store on 8 Mile and Van Dyke.
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9936sussex- Stairway is still in Ann Arbor, on State. Middle Earth is a gag-gifty place on South U.
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What was the name of that place in West Dearborn - I am talking about the early 70's? Or that place in Wonderland on the corner of the mall?
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Ah, The Station. Such great memories. I practically had an account there I visited so much. Not for the reasons you might think (ok, well maybe a few times), but it was just a cool place to hang out. I still have a t-shirt that I bought there in the early 80's that says "Who Farted?" Too bad it doesn't fit anymore. Too many Doritos.
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I remember some already listed...
The Stone Shop on McDougal, I think it was run by a neighborhood guy named Jeral & his friend.
Tobacco Road on Gratiot, it was actually in a mini-mall enclosure wasn't it? I seem to remember a few other shops inside there (Picked up some John Lennon specs at one place.)
Van Dyke & 9 Mile had a Plum-Something too.
Middle Earth in A2 did have rolling papers and stash boxes. Can't remember if they carried pipes, etc.
Not yet mentioned...Village Green on Gratiot n. of 7 Mile., long gone. It was both head shop and clothing boutique. Stereo City was on the corner there for your hippy one-stop shopping convenience.
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In West Dearborn you could find the Happy Apple on Michigan Ave. and the Climax Boutique was just behind Dearborn Music on Monroe St., north of Michigan Ave.
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There was a place on Michigan Ave across(?) from Dearborn Music called Wherehouse (I think).

I recall a place on State St in Ann Arbor (several doors down from where Olga's used to be, I think, where you used to have to go up a ladder (or very steep stairs) and through a square hole in the ceiling to get to. This was like 1973-75.

Anyone remember a place in Farmington Hills called Firemill Village? It was on Northwestern Hwy. I don't remember if it was a boutique, or whether it qualified as a head shop.

I used to frequent a place called the Ozone Boutique in Livonia.
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The Mouse House started on Grand River in Detroit in the late 60s. It moved to Seven Mile Rd about a 1/4 mile east of Southfield in the early 70s then into Livonia on 7 Mile Rd just west of Inkster Rd. in the late 70s. In the 80s it moved to a small shopping strip on Farmington Rd just south of Plymouth in Livonia. It's no longer there. Stanley's Mom ran the place and was getting up in years. She was a real sweetheart.
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Does anyone remember The Black Tulip on Kercheval in the
Village in Grosse Pointe? Or the Trading Post, I think there were
2 locations. Can't remember where they were but I do remember
being there, kind of.
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Thanks Gistok as I recall Plum Street just outside of the CBD in the 60's. Being a good Catholic boy in HS then, didn't do anything there except walk through the shops and check out the "paraphalnalia".
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Lowell,I forgot all about Johnny's Greek Restaurant. We went there all the time when I went to Wayne State for the best pizza with some kind of imported mushrooms. yummmm
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Skylark -

One Trading Post was at 13 1/2 and Gratiot in the early 70's. They also had live concerts, Mahogany Rush, New York Dolls etc.
Was the other at 16 and Rochester Rd.?

Wait, that was the Hitching Post. (flashback?)

(Message edited by bigb23 on January 03, 2008)
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Mixed Media, on Cass Ave, late 60s. I'd forgotten Johnny's was a Greek Restaurant, the 13th precinct dicks were usually there, so many drug deals were 'finalized' at that place, not counting the rip-offs haha.
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Mixed Media was still open into the mid-seventies. I picked up numerous "cut-out" LPs from the ECM label
there. $2.99, and some of the best stuff I've got. Actually, Mixed Media is also where I found the cut-out copy of the Oscar Peterson LP to which I referred on the Peterson thread.
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The Op Shop, on Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Farms. Was located above the National Bank of Detroit.

Three rooms of black lights, posters, and incense.

The Bottomless Pit (mentioned already) was a HUGE enterprise: Many rooms, lots of funk, and wild music. My grade-school friends and I used to wander around in a daze, thrilled by all the color and all the...possibilities.
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Jim999 - Welcome!



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There was another headshop located a couple of buildings down on the west side of Gratiot at 7 Mile Road in the early 70s called the Emporium (or something similar) I loved that place & got my BL posters, rock band t-shirts, smoking "paraphernailya", and especially for Male brand button-fly big bell blue jeans, which were the only ones that filled my need of a 36" inseam, since Levis and Lee bell bottoms only went up to a 34" inseam, until the Levi brand finally added 36" to their line of jeans by the mid-70s.
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There was this awesome one dude..I cant remember what it was called or where it was.

But its awesome dude.
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DannyV, good post about the mouse house. i worked across the street from the 'last one'. mouses mom was cool. got a car poster from there, couldn,t afford the 60,s concert posters she had left. the station still serves western wayne county. i ain,t a stoner but i look at that old 'pure gas pump' when i drive by the place, want that for my garage.
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in the 90's, when i lived in metro d, during my 1.5 years at wayne st., we used to buy whip-its at "the station" on mich ave.

when the station stopped selling, after 12am or so we would buy the nitrous from dr. fun's, a hotel/whorehouse/bodega on mich ave across from the station in inkster/dearborn hts.

let me tell you, i have traveled the country. i've seen southern alabama and the whiskey drinking, rural nevada where the supposed crystal meth epicenter is, bay area and the hardcore hippies and their addictions to whatever, but never in my life have i seen such fucked up people as i've seen outside of that little "motel" in "suburban" detroit, in dearborn heights.

part of the reason that i check this site every few weeks is to post here and let people know that there is a world outside of michigan, and it can be beautiful! so please, don't let yourself get stuck there. get out of michissippi while you can!!
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Queenie,

thanks for you "help" , personally I have been to 44 of the 50 states and 15 other countries, I don't need your assistance. I choose to live here.
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"dr. fun's, a hotel/whorehouse/bodega on mich ave "

Tell us, or me, more!

(Message edited by bigb23 on January 11, 2008)
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never thought about living in michissippi when i bought my house just of mich ave, about a mile from the station. well till the 1st time i went to the home depot just past the station.
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does Roadshow on Gratiot in Roseville count?
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I remember a store in the 12 Mile & Gratiot Marshall's mall in Roseville that used to be a head shop called Tobacco Road.


Ahhh, The Trading Post... Masonic and Gratiot across from Macomb Mall and Tobacco Road within. There were numerous shops with candles, craft-y items, posters, black lights and an arcade with black-light air hockey tables and pinball machines.
A whiff of inscense and I'm there again.
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Django
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There was one out on Grand River in Brighton, oh yeah, The Dream Factory. The dude was real creepy. He used to ask my friend if he had ever seen some of the magazines he had for sale then start showing him gay porn type stuff. Then my buddy would stuff boxes of whippits down his pants while I kept the creep busy askin about somethin under the glass.

I recall In Flight in Ann Arbor also.Right next to Stairway I believe (the one down from Olgas, upstairs) They were very cool. You could buy Maxell tapes from them at pretty much cost then pick out just about any Dead show you wanted out of a catalog and they would put it on the tapes you just bought, for free. It took a few weeks but what a kind thing to do.
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Reddog289
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Django, you might remember what was that stuff called 'RUSH' it was in a little brown bottle. In Flight sounds familiar, but i don,t remember a whole lotta the 80,s and 90,s. Hey no hauling buckets tonight.
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Eriedearie
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I remember the little boutiques on Plum Street. I picked up some peace sign earrings and a peace necklace that I still have. Got some feathers too that had these little clips on 'em - don't remember what I needed those for...and of course incense. I also remember the uniform of times...hip hugger, bell bottom pants, tie dyed t-shirt, extra large, wild colored vest and sandals - everyone on Plum Street looked alike.
:-)
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Brougham
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The original Mouse House location was on Grand River and Marlowe, one block west of Hubbell. It was a few blocks away from the old Great Lakes theatre, previously mentioned.
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Reddog289
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funny thing i just drove down Mich AVE IN YPSI, and said hey and the Mouse House was there.
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Grumpyoldlady
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There was a shop in the second block west of Woodward on Jefferson during the early 70's. I don't remember the name. Also, even though not in Detroit proper, what about the "Plum Pit" that was out Gratiot just south of 12 Mile Rd.? Spent lots of time in there...you could get stoned just walking around and inhaling.
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Gibran
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ok ...my mind is foggy :-) ...was the groove shop at the seven and mack shopping center..remember getting a leon russell poster...that should date me...
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Alley
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the Groove Shop was on Mack either just before or just after Cadieux
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Skylark
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I remember hearing of a little head shop or bookstore near Wayne State in the 1960s or early 1970s where Gilda Radner worked. Does anyone remember the name of that shop?
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Mixed Media
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Skylark
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Yes, Mixed Media that's it. Thanks E detroit.
It was Dave Dixon on WDET telling of buying an MC Escher book at Mixed Media. He had a long conversation about Escher with the clerk at the store, and soon realized this was not just a clerk, she was practically an art historian. He told this story of meeting Gilda Radner at Mixed Media when he heard of her death in May 1989.
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Alfie1a
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A friend of mine worked at a place on 6 Mile and Gilchrist around '74. In the front was a small head shop. (don't remember the name). In the back was a candle factory. We had good times in there.

And the Mousehouse was up on 7 Mile near Lindsay, before they moved to Livonia. Used to love going in there and getting black light posters.
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Dianeinaustin
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Hey Alfie1a,

I used to go to the Mousehouse in the early 70's. It was a neat place to go. :-)
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Diane, yes it sure was. I can almost smell the incense now. My sister still has a few of the black light posters from there. And peace signs. those were really popular in those days. There was another shop right next door to the mouse house that sold all kinds of odds 'n' ends, bric-a-brac, and other such doodads. We'd always go in there after visiting mouse house. Then on to Truan's for a sundae.

Did you live in that neighborhood? 7 Mile-Southfield area.
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Dianeinaustin
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Alfie. I did. 8 mile and Southfield, within the city boundries. Was the doodad store the 20th Century Shop? I can't recall them being right next door but I always got birthday gifts and presents there. I have a big ceramic toad my mother gave her best friend as a gift 40 some years ago. The friend moved to FL and Mom sent the toad down here. I remember Truan's vaguely, where were they? There was a Brickley's store on ?Oakfield and 7 mile for milk. Didn't they have a soda counter at some time? Should have responded sooner but forgot about this post.
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Alfie1a
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Diane, I think you're right, The 20th Century Shop. I'm not sure if it was right next door but very close. That toad you have must be pretty cool. Truan's was right on the nw corner of Lindsay and 7 Mile. Old timey kinda soda fountain place.

Dannyv said, regarding the Mouse House.
"Stanley's Mom ran the place and was getting up in years. She was a real sweetheart."
Would this be Stanley "Mouse" Miller? I wonder if he designed some of those black light posters. I need to go to my sisters house and look at them.
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Tsomyak
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Hey Diane, greetings from another Austinite! From your posts it sounds like you're a west side girl. I grew up on the east side, moved to Austin in 1980.

Anyway, more to topic, I remember frequenting the Village Green on Gratiot near Seven as well. I saw mention of The Bottomless Pit off of Seven and Mack. I remember a head shop there, but not sure if the name rings a bell. Did that one ever go by another name?
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Dianeinaustin
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Alfie1a,

Went to google maps the other day. Did not recognize anything. There was a Sloan's Drug store on the corner of ?Lindsay? and 7 Mile. I think I can picture Truan's soda fountain now.

Do you remember the Kowalski's meat market and the ?Peanut Shack? bar?

Post if you find out the creator of the posters your sister has.
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Reddog289
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Alfie, I belive DannyV is correct. Had heard that was Mouses mom.She told me she was.I worked across the street from the Farmington Rd store. It was packed full of stuff but,Mama Mouse knew where stuff was. I saw the police there many of times. Hey there was and is crime in Livonia.SAD to say I didn,t buy no black light or old concert posters from there was bucks down like now.Damn if I,D known. Id picked them up.
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Bigb23, That was the Trading Post.
As a-matter-of-fact, in my new (unreleased) book, I'm currently working on, I entitled one of the chapters “The Trading Post.” This is book three of my series that I have entitled Run BabyGirl Run. I grew up in the 70s on the West Side of Detroit (35th Street). My last book is entitled Motown Girl Sister Golden Hair and I traipse back through those 1970 years. Within this book I have 260 photos. I tried to recall everything that went on during that time—in my world, of course.
Stop by my Web sites for a visit.
www.johnniesuebridges.com
www.myspace.com/susie1958
www.johnniesuebridges.org
Blessings
Johnnie Sue Bridges
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I went into the Plum Pit on Gratiot about three years ago, talked to the guy who ran the place. There was also a Plum Pit somewhere near Plymouth and Evergreen, probably back in the 60s/70s. He had worked at that one as well.

Anyone remember the Alter Ego? It was on Grand River, I think on or near the southwest corner of St. Marys. I don't think it was around all that long, probably opened around 69 or 70, was probably gone by 73 or so. My sisters and friends and I used to love going in there - I was still a kid, 10 or 11 yrs old. I remember buying candles and black light posters, and just looking at all the colorful stuff they had. I still remember all the things with that LOVE logo on them, and lots of things with peace signs on them of course.
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"Does anyone remember The Bottomless Pit in the old 7-Mack strip mall?"

I do.
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Terridarlin
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The Bottomless Pit was my mom's business, and I have great memories about the people I met during that time.

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